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  1. a cowboy, especially one in charge of saddle horses.
  2. a person who wrangles or disputes.
  3. (at Cambridge University, England) a person placed in the first class in the mathematics tripos.
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Origin of wrangler

1505–15; wrangle + -er1; (def 1) orig. horse-wrangler, probably partial translation of Mexican Spanish caballerango groom, stable boy, with -erango suggesting wrangler
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British Dictionary definitions for wrangler


  1. one who wrangles
  2. Western US and Canadian a herder; cowboy
  3. a person who handles or controls animals involved in the making of a film or television programmea snake wrangler
  4. British (at Cambridge University) a candidate who has obtained first-class honours in Part II of the mathematics tripos. The wrangler with the highest marks is called the senior wrangler
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Word Origin and History for wrangler


"person in charge of horses or cattle, herder," 1888, agent noun from wrangle (v.); as a proprietary name for a brand of jeans, copyrighted 1947, claiming use from 1929.

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